Many small business (less than one hundred employees) may not find using Managed IT Services a top priority: with fewer employees than medium and large businesses, small businesses often elect to spend money on progress rather than prevention.
However, a recent independent study from security vendor GFI Software revealed that small businesses often suffer the most from a lack of Managed IT Services. Without the right support and around-the-clock monitoring, small businesses expose themselves to viruses and malware that can lead to crippling delays and security breaches.
Consider that in order to protect their computers, half of all small business IT administrators report that they:
- spend the equivalent of three weeks or more manually updating antivirus software or removing malware on users’ PCs.
- do not have the capability to see which PCs or servers on their network are about to fail.
The independent study also revealed that those with fewer than 25 employees showed higher percentages of lacking sufficient security and monitoring.
Your small business is not alone – the latest U.S. Census Bureau reports that there are more than 2 million firms with 5 to 99 employees. Luckily, there’s an affordable and effortless solution for you and every other small business: Managed IT Services.
Managed IT Services and Security provides Web-based interfacing that enables 24×7 remote monitoring and management of all your IT assets including systems, software devices, and virtual resources. We’ll also be informed with automated alerting of any event that may affect the normal operation of IT. Resolution services will correct these issues before they become a problem for your company
While the cost of a Managed IT Service may seem steep for smaller businesses, consider the potential price and loss of productivity of correcting a security breach, losing valuable data or rebuilding servers and desktops after a virus attack . Also, imagine what your IT department could do with the additional three weeks or more not spent on manually updating software or removing viruses.
Additionally, delays caused by viruses at the wrong time can be more crippling for smaller enterprises than larger ones. A hiccup in productivity can bring a small business to a standstill, sometimes resulting in a complete collapse.
If you’re feeling that you need Managed IT Services for your small business, you’re not alone: 78% of respondents in GFI Software’s independent study indicated they would be interested in a Web-based service that enables antivirus management protection on company PCs. It’s a no-brainer.